Charles M. Beck, Mardene Haskell, John H. Woodside, and John Cote
The folk music of Franco-American cultures has been played for hundreds of years without any groundbreaking changes. However, John Cote and Perpetual e-Motion are changing up the game and providing their new spin on Franco-American music. Does this signal a greater change in the overall landscape of Franco-American music?
Michael J. Boardman and Cam M. Price
In this short documentary we try to tell the story of Louis Philippe. He is a Franco American born musician who has an amazing story, from growing up in Maine to traveling around the world. We are thankful for the opportunity to work with Louis.
Margaux LeBlanc, Alexa Huang, and Jacynthe Blais Jacques
This film depicts Jacynthe Blais Jacques, a member of Les Troubadours and an active figure in the Franco-American musical community of Maine.
Sean Madigan, Richard Jeong, Maximillian Richard, and Steve Muise
Steve Muise is a music teacher at Mount Blue High School in Farmington, Maine. He talks about his Franco-American heritage, family, and teaching pedagogy throughout the five-minute video. He also talks about the future of Acadian music and how he is preserving the Franco-American culture through his work with the Franklin County Fiddlers, a youth fiddle camp and ensemble emphasizing traditional fiddle music through improvisation. Steve founded the camp as a way to further his passions for traditional Acadian music. He is also part of Boreal Tordu, an Acadian band that also plays Acadian music.
Mark Martinez, Nadia Mustefa, and Aaliyah Bell
This five minute video is for the course Maine’s Musical Soundscapes: Ethnography of Maine at Colby College. The video follows Luke Duplessis a native Franco-American from Old Town, Maine, as he shares different aspects of his culture and his relationship to the music. The film highlights the importance of Luke reconnecting with his roots through learning and engaging with his fiddle teacher, Elaine Malkin. The film combines two interviews of Luke performing as he expresses his personal connection with Franco-American music. Through this film, we hope to convey Luke’s efforts to explore the Franco-American culture that was beginning to disappear in his family.
Abby L. Snyder, Julie Toich, and Leonel Ducas
In this short audio story, Leonel Ducas describes his immigration to the United States from Canada and how music has been a significant part of his life, both socially and personally. Throughout the story, we gain a better idea of how Ducas learned accordion, his family history, and how he uses music as a means of remembering. This project focuses on French music for a course on Franco-American identity in Maine.
Rubez Chong, Briana Guillory, Kellie Walsh, and Elaine Malkin
This video is about Elaine Malkin and her exploration of different musical identities in Maine.
Travis Gomez-Phillips, Elizabeth Schell, Greg Boardman, and Jessie Boardman
This project depicts the history of Jessie and Greg Boardman's interest in classical folk music. It features the two artists and their accomplishments as musicians and teachers in Maine.
Annabelle Hicks, Juvenal Lopez, and Cindy LaRock
This video takes a look at how dancing fits into Maine's Franco-American cultural heritage. It features Cindy Larock, a long-time folk dance enthusiast who keeps the French Canadian dance traditions alive as a master teacher with the Maine Arts Commission's Traditional Arts Apprenticeship Program.
Alice Hotopp, Jenn Liao, Don Roy, and Cindy Roy
This explores the musical lives of Don and Cindy Roy. Their love of music and involving their community has been a large part of their lives and has benefitted all who know them.